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#1 Kevin201

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 07:55 AM

I keep my Orion XT10 intelliscope out in the garage. I'm currently using an old bed sheet for a dust cover. I'm just looking for something light that keeps moisture and dust off the scope. Maybe a draw string on the bottom.

I've seen the Astro Systems ScopeCoat Telescope Cover and Desert Storm Covers but,as usual, looking for a cost effective solution. I know I can go to Home Depot and buy plastic sheet and cover it but it just seems bulky.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 09:03 AM

Mark, try a shower cap.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 10:50 AM

I mean cover the entire scope. :)

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 11:15 AM

Light weight tarp would be an option.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 11:25 AM

I've got a very light one that I use for backpacking. I think I found it at OSH.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 03:10 PM

Where do you keep your Dob?

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 03:15 PM

Where do you keep your Dob?


In my pickup truck cause ya just never know when you'll want to use it. :jump:

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 04:11 PM

Does anyone make a plastic end caps for the Orion, Celectron, and Hardin dobs? Just wondering? :question:

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 04:46 PM

Mark, what about using a BBQ cover? Might just be the ticket, and they have some shape fit for the scope.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 04:47 PM

Don't know about the plastic end cap but I believe Discovery makes some sturdy end covers, heavy duty shower caps so to speak.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 05:46 PM

Did Orion or your dealer not supply you with a dust cover? One certainly came with my 12-inch Intelliscope. It completely covers the open end of the OTA and has a couple of safety catches to secure it. Check with your supplier. I can't imagine that Orion would only provide this for the 12-inch.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 07:21 PM

I think someone is confusing what I mean by dust cover. I'm keeping my dob in the garage and I want to cover "the whole telescope" with a cover to keep the dust off. Keep it looking nice. It comes with a "cover" for the open end of the tube.

I wrote to Discovery Telescopes and they have one.
"The cover for our 12.5" will do the trick although it may be just a little long. The price is $72.00 + $4.00 S&H. There is a drawstring at the bottom of the cover. The materials that we use are all rip stop nylon. They are not water proof but water does seem to run off them in the event that is an issue. They will keep your scope clean.
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Any cheaper way? probably not.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 07:28 PM

how about an old sleeping bag? for the price of the discovery cover, you can get a soft carrying bag for the ota from orion that could serve 2 purposes...

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 09:05 PM

I'm off to Wal-Mart and beyond tommorrow

I'l find something.

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Posted 19 October 2004 - 11:23 PM

You are right. A dust cover to me means what you cover the open end of the OTA with. And, as you have said, you have one. I bought a simple 8 foot X 8 foot ground tarpaulin intended for camping at a local camping goods store that covers the entire 12-inch reflector nicely. You could consider doing something like that. I think it cost me $20.

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 09:48 AM

I'm using the old liner of a waterbed I had in the garage already. No dew here but lots of dust when the winds pick up.

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 12:54 PM

I use a couple of polypro bags with draw strings. These are made from the same stuff they make tarps from and are pretty tough. I put one over each end and then store the scope on the mount. Found these at the 99cent store and they fit my 12.5 incher.

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 01:13 PM

I bought a bag of .8 mill 9x12 drop cloth ( $ 2.66 )until I find something better. (Why do they call them drop cloth when its plastic? :) )

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Posted 21 October 2004 - 07:50 PM

how about an old sleeping bag? for the price of the discovery cover, you can get a soft carrying bag for the ota from orion that could serve 2 purposes...

Great idea Erik! Just right to cushion it in my car without the need for a carrying case.
Thanks!

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Posted 21 October 2004 - 08:06 PM

I think someone is confusing what I mean by dust cover. I'm keeping my dob in the garage and I want to cover "the whole telescope" with a cover to keep the dust off. Keep it looking nice. It comes with a "cover" for the open end of the tube.

I wrote to Discovery Telescopes and they have one.
"The cover for our 12.5" will do the trick although it may be just a little long. The price is $72.00 + $4.00 S&H. There is a drawstring at the bottom of the cover. The materials that we use are all rip stop nylon. They are not water proof but water does seem to run off them in the event that is an issue. They will keep your scope clean.
"Any cheaper way? probably not.

A Desrt Storm Shield Mylar cover (waterproof and sun proof) is only about $40 and doubles as a cover for the scope in the field when you go to sleep.
Go here: http://www.cameracon...tore//c121.html
and scroll down the page to Desert Storm dust covers.
One kept my scope dry during a monsoon-heavy rainstorm.
Double use, half the price.

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Posted 21 October 2004 - 08:58 PM

Thank you Don. I bought it at buytelescopes.com

Item Quantity Price Notes
Desert Storm Covers C - 10"-13" Dobsonian or SCT cover
34.95 + Shipping: $7.00 = $41.95

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 03:01 PM

I bought the Orion padded scope bag when I got my XT8 - I think it was $75. Smartest thing I've done yet. I also keep mine in the garage and I've had no dust problems.

I learned my lesson after years of hauling my drums from bar to bar. I always wanted cases but never bought 'em and my drum kit really suffered.

The padded scope bag is easy to deploy or stash my scope in the dark and I use the dry inside to store my covers, jacket, books & anything else I need to stay dry.

...and my 4-year-old loves being carried around the house in it. :-)


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